Italy's Regional Minister of Agriculture Gianni Fava Participates in "Feeding The Planet-Energy for Life" in Miami - NIAF Awards $25,000 Grant to Miami Dade College

Feb 21, 2015 1489

National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso, President John M. Viola and General Counsel Arthur J. Furia welcome the Regional Minister of Agriculture from Italy's Lombardy Region, Gianni Fava, to give the opening remarks at the "Feeding the Planet-Energy for Life" forum in Miami, Fla.

The event will serve as the official U.S. pre-launch for EXPO Milan 2015 and celebrate the United States' support and participation in the upcoming World's Fair. The forum will be held at the historic Freedom Tower of Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, on March 12, 2015.

On the occasion of Minister Fava's visit to South Florida, NIAF will present a $25,000 educational grant to Miami Dade College, one of the largest and most diverse colleges in the nation, with seven campuses and more than 165,000 students from across the world.

"The impact of the $25,000 grant demonstrates the Foundation's commitment and support in South Florida as well as recognizes Miami Dade College for the many opportunities it has afforded first- generation immigrants from diverse ethnicities and countries of origin," Del Raso said.

According to Viola, "NIAF is proud of our partnership with Lombardia, the Foundation's 2015 Region of Honor. Throughout the year and across the nation, this partnership has brought this beautiful region and the exciting Expo Milan 2015 to so many in the United States, and we salute the Regione Lombardia and its officials as they showcase American innovation in agriculture, nutrition and health around the globe." The Milan EXPO 2015 opens on May 1 and will close on October 31, 2015.

The day-long event at Miami Dade College, "Feeding the Planet-Energy for Life," will explore America's relationship with the Old World and how diverse cultural heritage defines its identity through food. The forum will also look at how modern day concerns and new trends have impacted the health, nutrition and tastes of a nation.

"The March 12 conference represents one of the most important international appointments leading up to the next World's Fair. We are proud to have NIAF's Vice Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison; Board Member Dr. Antonio Giordano; former NIAF gala honorees: Lidia Bastianich, celebrity chef and television host; and Tony May, renowned Italian restauranteur, who will guide the discussions and shed light on long-term solutions during this forum," Furia said.

During the forum, Bastianich, an award-winning restauranteur specializing in Italian cuisine, will receive the "Food for Life" Award. She has authored several books and hosted a series of cooking shows, including "Lidia's Family Table."

The forum is by invitation only and open to the working media. For more information, visit:; EXPO Milano 2015:; and USA Pavilion at Expo Milano:

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